149th birth anniversary

Scholars, poets salute Bhai Vir Singh's legacy

Scholars, poets salute Bhai Vir Singh's legacy

Ex-PM Manmohan Singh's wife Gursharan Kaur at a function to mark the 149th birth anniversary of Bhai Vir Singh. photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

New Delhi, December 5

Poets, scholars and admirers of Bhai Vir Singh, the father of modern Punjabi literature, assembled in here on Sunday to mark his 149th birth anniversary and recall his glorious legacy.

Gursharan Kaur, the wife of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh; Prof Jaspal Singh, former Vice Chancellor of Punjabi University, Patiala; and Preneet Kaur, Patiala MP, were among those who attended the event hosted by the Bhai Vir Singh Sahitya Sadan.

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Bhai Vir Singh

Former PM Manmohan Singh is the president of the sadan, a premier literary and cultural organisation established in 1958 to further the legacy of the saint poet.

The function commenced with the recitation of Bhai Vir Singh’s poems and readings from his works followed “kirtan” recital by Hazoori Ragi Bhai Gurmeet Singh Shant.

Prof Singh spoke on the life and times of Bhai Vir Singh, and stressed the litterateur’s message of ecological conservation. Gursharan Kaur released a special issue of “Khalsa Samachar”, a weekly founded by Bhai Vir Singh in 1899. — TNS

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